General Introduction

In PE, we want to inspire young people to participate and enjoy physical activity. We want them to recognise the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle which continues into adulthood. This vision is to be achieved with the following aims and values in mind:

  • Encourage enjoyment in PE through a range of physical activities. 
  • Maximum participation in all lessons. 
  • Pupils to assume own responsibility for learning through leading parts of the lesson allowing them to inspire others and instil positive attitudes. 
  • Provide a variety of sporting opportunities outside of the curriculum that accommodate for all levels. 
  • Develop each child's talent and potential, including G&T. 
  • Maximise examination results. 
  • Develop awareness of physical, social and mental development including fitness, skills and hygiene.

We want to instil this through effective teaching and learning that is constantly looking to move forward, providing opportunities for pupils to assume responsibility for their learning, to engage active minds and provide learners with a high standard of learning that is expected of them every lesson.

In KS3 and KS4 pupils will have two lessons a week in which they will experience a number of different activities, with some opportunity to specialise. At KS3 they will work towards the Stowmarket High School Level 1 Physical Education Award and at KS4 you will progress onto the Stowmarket High School Level 2 Physical Education Award.

At KS4 you can, in addition, opt to follow the Edexcel GCSE PE course which includes both theory and practical aspects of the subject. This pathway can be continued into KS5 with the AQA A level course; which becomes increasingly more theory biased.

Outside lessons, there are a number of clubs at lunchtime and after school which are open to all students. These include Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Dodgeball, Football (girls and boys), Netball, Rounders, Rugby (boys), Table Tennis, Tennis and Trampolining. There is a “late bus” available on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school to coincide with these activities

To encourage participation in a variety of competitive situations there are inter form competitions and there are also opportunities for school fixtures in a number of sports, such as Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Netball, Rugby, Table Tennis and Ultimate Frisbee.

PE Kit

  • The new Year 7, 8 and 9’s are to wear either the black (with gold trim) unisex polo or have the option of the fitted black polo for female students.
  • The boys will be required to have the black (with gold trim) rugby shirt.
  • All pupils will need to wear either plain black shorts or plain black tracksuit bottoms.
  • Other new items such as the sport’s top, skort and Stow High sports socks are advisable but optional.
  • The green polo and rugby shirts are still available to 2015 – 2016 year’s 10 and 11 but they are also welcome to buy the new kit.
  • Any new students must purchase the new style PE kit.

 A link the Anglian Sports and School Wear site is below:

ALL Year 7, 8 or 9 students must purchase the new style kit.

Please do NOT buy the old style kit.                                               

From June 2015 all Y7-Y9 students will be expected to wear our new style PE shirt and rugby top, these can be purchased from Anglia Schoolwear. The polo shirt has yellow panelling and the school logo. The rugby top is a reversible top with yellow panelling. An optional black 1/4 zip top, to be worn over the polo shirt, can also be purchased from Anglia Schoolwear       

This new PE kit has been designed by the School Sports Council

Extra Curricular

The PE department runs a wide range of extra curricular activities. These take place during luch times and after school. To view the timetable for the current club list please click on the School Life tab on the main page then go to School Clubs.

The PE department also run a variety of sports teams. These include football (girls and boys), rugby, cross country, athletics, golf, rounders, badminton, Ultimate Frisbee, dodgeball and trampolining.

The Gipping Valley and Thurston School Sport Partnership is based at Stowmarket High School. For more information see

Key Stage 4

Core PE - Stowmarket High School Level 2 Physical Education Award

The course has five components:
1. Learning and performance of practical activities
2. Analysis of performance
3. Coaching of practical activities
4. Officiating practical activities
5. Understanding health and active lifestyle

Course Overview

1. Practical activities – you will be assessed on your application, level of skill, knowledge and understanding of the activity and use of tactics in all activities covered.
2. Analysis of performance – you will be assessed on your analysis in at least one activity
3. Coaching - you will be assessed on your coaching in at least one activity
4. Officiating - you will be assessed on your officiating in at least one activity
5. Health and active lifestyle - you will be assessed on your application, knowledge and understanding for a healthy lifestyle.


All components are internally assessed. Each component has specified assessment criteria which are used for grading purposes.

A summative ‘best fit’ unit grade will be awarded at bronze, silver or gold for each component:

  • to achieve a ‘bronze’ you must have satisfied all the bronze criteria
  • to achieve a ‘silver’ you must additionally have satisfied all the silver criteria
  • to achieve a ‘gold’ you must additionally have satisfied all the gold criteria.

Students who achieve gold in Year 10 and Year 11 will achieve the platinum certificate.


The PE department currently offers the Pearson Edexcel GCSE course with the new specification being taufgt from September 2016. The GCSE is heavily reliant on students being of a high standard across three sports from a set list which must include a team and individual activity. This alongside a Personal Exercise Programme makes up 40% and is based around practical ability. The remaining 60% covering two components Fitness and Body Systems and Health and Performance are assessed through examination at the end of Year 11.

Fitness and Body Systems

● Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology
● Topic 2: Movement analysis
● Topic 3: Physical training
● Topic 4: Use of data

Health and Performance

● Topic 1: Health, fitness and well-being
● Topic 2: Sport psychology
● Topic 3: Socio-cultural influences
● Topic 4: Use of data